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More L.A. Noire: The Google Maps And Self-Guided Tour Edition
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Didn't get enough of your L.A. Noire fix with last week's then-and-now photo gallery? Check out the map above to find the modern-day locations of the buildings and landmarks featured in last Wednesday's post. Locations with blue pins denote landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places list.
Many of the spots are conveniently located within walking distance to Red Line Metro stops. For a car-less, vintage L.A.-inspired self-guided tour, take the Red Line to its last stop at Union Station and explore its Streamline Moderne, Art Deco, and Mission/Spanish Revival architectural styles, then head across the street to check out El Pueblo de Los Angeles historical monument.
To get to Chinatown, take the Gold Line from Union Station for one stop and wander around the central plaza. Get back to Union Station and back track on the Red Line to see City Hall and where the original Hall of Records once stood (Civic Center stop), then walk south on Hill Street towards Third Street to to see Angels Flight's original location.
One block east at the corner of Third and Broadway is the Bradbury Building (don't forget to check out its interior!) From there, you can get to Pershing Square by returning to Hill Street and walking south until you hit Fifth Street. For more history on the plaza, download L.A. Conservancy's 26-minute Pershing Square audio guide and listen while you're relaxing under the shade at the park.
If you're in for more exploring, hop back onto the Red Line heading towards North Hollywood and exit at the Hollywood & Highland stop. Once you reach street level, get to the top of the Hollywood & Highland shopping center for a prime people-watching seat.
Interested in more tours? Downtown L.A. walks also offers free podcasts on historic downtown, arts & culture and more at their website (complete with maps), and Chinatown also gives guided two-and-a-half hour "Undiscovered Chinatown" tours ($20 per person from starting at 10:30 a.m., next tour isthis Sunday). If you really want a peek into the hidden history of L.A., Esotouric takes the cake for their interesting themed tours (The Real Black Dahlia, Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles and Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice are but just a few of the bus adventures they offer).